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Poster: bluedevil Date: Sep 29, 2009 1:56pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Grateful death songs

Nick Cave has made an entire career out of "murder ballads".

Then again, Death is not the end...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9adWrWagg6k&;feature=related

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Poster: sweetwilliam Date: Sep 29, 2009 1:59pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Grateful death songs

China Doll has been one of my favorites since I first heard
the Dead, way back when, and from the very first I always interpreted it as having to do with suicide rather than murder. Just a feeling I had... not until today did I know it was sometimes referred to as 'The Suicide Song'.
Just an aside here-if you are partial to this song, check out Saratoga 6/24/84 for an astounding version.
Peace.

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Poster: barongsong Date: Sep 29, 2009 2:08pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Grateful death songs

Actually I always thought of this song as the "Don't Freak Out That Much" song. Bringing tripping heads in from, or going over the brink. But maybe it's just a live show interpretation.